Our Team

Teachers at Ngaio Childcare Centre create a safe and friendly environment where each child is treated as a unique and special individual, where families and whānau are warmly welcomed, where their contributions are valued and partnership is fostered.

Teachers at Ngaio Childcare Centre believe that respectful and responsive relationships between children and adults promote self-esteem and social skills which, in turn, empower children to learn.

Also below, meet our amazing Management Committee who are an integral part of the running of the centre and crucial to the centre’s ongoing sustainability.

  • Head Teacher
    Kia ora, my name is Pip Butler, Head Teacher of the Centre. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher. I have been working in early childhood education for the past 29 years and have been at Ngaio Childcare Centre since 2006. I love working in the Ngaio community and being part of this small, but very nurturing early childhood environment and working alongside a fantastic teaching team. The small daily number of children allows teachers to work closely with each individual child and helps to build close trusting relationships with both tamariki and their whanau. I am fully committed to quality care and education of our tamariki and I feel lucky to be a part of each child's learning journey at Ngaio, and watching each child grow and develop into happy, independent, confident and competent learners. My family is originally from Wanganui but we have been living in the Wellington region for the past 19 years and we love this city. I am married to Clint and we have two teenage boys.
  • Teacher
    Kia ora, I am Emma and I have been a teacher at Ngaio Childcare Centre since mid 2015. After completing my bachelors degree in education at the end of 2013 I moved to Wellington from Auckland and have since been enjoying this beautiful city with my son Toby and my partner David. I joined the Ngaio Childcare team because the values and philosophy of the centre closely reflect my own, having a strong emphasis on nurturing trusting relationships through social interactions. The smaller number of children allows for more one on one time giving us more time to care and teacher our tamariki. It is very rewarding being part of the Ngaio community and having the support of such a wonderful teaching team.
  • Teacher
    Kia ora, my name is La Li and I have been a teacher at Ngaio Childcare Centre since mid 2011. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher. I have an overseas Diploma in Secondary (Music) Education and initially I was a piano teacher. I moved to Wellington from China about 15 years ago. I completed my ECE study at Victory University and really enjoy my life in Wellington.
    I have three beautiful boys – Eric, Samuel and William. I love being with my children and watching them grow and develop as individuals! Being a Mum is the greatest job in the world.
    What I like the best about my work in Ngaio Childcare Centre is being able to witness the growth and progress from children in any and all aspects of what I teach them. I value the important role I have as an early childhood teacher, which acknowledges children as lifelong learners. I aim to develop meaningful relationships with both children and whānau as I believe this forms the basis of a quality teaching and learning environment. I love children and love to share my experiences and knowledge with them. I love to be able to provide children with the tools that can help them succeed in the future.
    I look forward to supporting and empowering your child to develop into a confident and capable learner.
  • Teacher
    Kia Ora and Bonjour! My name is Heather. I was born and grew up in Canada where I received my Bachelor of Education (Primary). After finishing my degree, I came to New Zealand for my OE where I ended up falling in love with the country – and my husband! The two of us travelled for a couple of years together before moving back to New Zealand and settling down here. While relieving in primary schools and early childhood centres, I realised that my passion lies in early childhood, and I returned to study to
    get my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood). I have two pre-school aged children of my own, so Ngaio Childcare Centre gives me a great opportunity to spend time with them while continuing to pursue a career that I’m passionate about. I look forward to working in a community-based, family-centred environment.
  • Student Teacher
    Kia Ora, my name is Cameron Muller and I have been working towards my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) at Ngaio Childcare Centre since 2019. I moved from the USA to New Zealand when I was 16, and when my little brothers were born I realised I loved working with kids!
    I joined the Ngaio Childcare centre because it aligns with my philosophies about teaching, and I will be forever grateful that the team has included me as one of their own. My aim is to support the whañau environment and community so it can continue to flourish for all tamariki and their families!